Category: New Zealand

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Observations About New Zealand

Prior to this trip, I considered myself pretty well traveled back home in the States. Yet, being here in New Zealand is completely unchartered territory. That sounds obvious, but it’s incredible how much is different here when you stop to notice all the small things. Here are a few that jumped out at me. … Read More

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The Kiwi Experience and Cathedral Cove

We left Auckland this morning, and Bridget couldn’t have been more thrilled. She doesn’t much care for Auckland, and doesn’t consider it “real New Zealand.” The city has more than 1.4 million residents, which Bridget said is more than the entire population of the South island. Only 4.4 million people live in all of New Zealand, so that’s a lot for just one city. … Read More

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Exploring Downtown Auckland and Queens St. Backpackers

When I got to Auckland this morning, it was a dreary looking day outside. I got checked into the hostel and wrote this morning’s post, and by noon local time, the clouds had dissipated and the sun was out. It’s currently 67 degrees and wonderful. I did some exploring around the area and snapped a few photos (like the one above). For lunch, I tried a place called Mad Mex, what I liken to be the New Zealand version of Chipotle. … Read More

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Days 3 and 4: The Bus to LA and the Flight to New Zealand

I woke up Tuesday morning in Las Vegas. The bus didn’t leave until 10:45am local time, and I was still on Kansas time. That meant my internal clock thought I should be up at 6:45. If you know me, you know I’m not a morning person. I decided to make the most of it, though, and caught my last sunrise in the U.S. for a few months as it came up over the Strip. After a long, hot shower, I went down to the lobby and got a coffee. Not a bad way to start the morning. … Read More

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Exchanging US Currency for Foreign Currency Before Traveling

I’m not a fan of carrying much cash. 99% of my purchases are made on a debit or credit card. I like to travel that way, too. It’s safer, I have immediate record of it with my mobile banking app, and I’m protected against fraud by my bank should my card be stolen. That being said, there are plenty of instances where cash is required or just more convenient. … Read More

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New Zealand’s Network of Hostels

New Zealand is known for being one of, if not the most backpacker-friendly countries in the world. With all the diverse topography and amazing landscapes, it’s not hard to see why. In 2013, more than 2.7 million people from every corner of the globe entered New Zealand, and travelers from the United States were the third most frequent tourists of all. In fact, of the total 2.7 million travelers who went last year, nearly 10% of them were from the U.S. … Read More

First Adventure: March – June 2014

I’ve never left myself time for much planning, and this first big adventure will be no different. In less than two weeks, I’m hitting the road.

I’ll fly from here to New Zealand to go backpacking for 3 weeks (it’s summer there right now). After that, around the middle of April, I’ll fly from New Zealand to Vietnam, spend a week or so there hanging out with my friend Scott on the beaches of the South China Sea, and then on to Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. … Read More